Of Course Spotify Can’t Just Work Flawlessly on Android Auto

Spotify is right now the top music app on Android Auto and CarPlay, as an important share of its huge subscriber base continue to stream their playlists even when driving.
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But just like all the other apps on Android Auto, Spotify can’t just work flawlessly from one end to another, and more recently, it started experiencing a weird behavior immediately after launch.

More specifically, users are complaining that Spotify comes up on the screen only with the play button, but tapping it doesn’t seem to work. The music doesn’t start playing no matter how many times you tap the button, and some explain that the glitch goes away all by itself after some time.

Others, on the other hand, believe it’s all caused by the phone settings, which put the Spotify app to sleep and running it on Android Auto no longer works because the phone version is blocked by Android. In this case, what you need to do is just launch Spotify on the phone first – of course, you can also adjust battery settings on your Android device to disable management for the Spotify app.

Something similar happens to me where spotify comes up but pushing play doesn't do anything. I discovered its because my phone put the app to sleep since it hadn't been used in a while. Just opening the app on my phone fixes it,” one user says on reddit.

I also encountered the same problem on my Samsung Galaxy Note9, and just like others, tapping the play button repeatedly failed to start playing the music. What did the trick for me, however, was logging out and back in every now and then in Spotify on my mobile device.

In some cases, the Spotify playback controls no longer loaded in the dynamic bar in Android Auto, and some complain of a similar behavior in the linked reddit thread.

Neither Spotify nor Google acknowledged the problem, so it’s not yet known if a fix is on its way or not.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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